Taking a look at some of the mid-major players who have put up some impressive stat lines during the 2020-21 season.
Major conference teams and players get most of the media attention when they put up impressive numbers throughout the college basketball season.
I’m kind of tired of listening to ESPN and CBS broadcasters fawning over Iowa’s Luka Garza or some underachieving Duke player.
Here are some mid-major players that have put up some eye popping stat lines throughout a tumultuous 2020-21 season.
- Fardaws Aimaq – Utah Valley. Leads NCAA with 15.5 rebounds per game.
The 6’11 center from Vancouver, BC has dominated the boards to say the least. Aimaq is a junior transfer from Mercer University and has another year of eligibility. With those kind of numbers he will certainly get an NBA shot via G-League or Summer League.
- Max Abmas – Oral Roberts. No.2 in NCAA in scoring behind Iowa’s Garza.
Abmas is averaging 23.9 points per game and still has 2 regular season games left and the Summit League tournament to try and leap Luka Garza (24.7 PPG). He is just a sophomore so Abmas has plenty more points to score over his college career.
- Jalen Moore – Oakland. Leads NCAA is assists per game with 8.4.
Moore is a Juco transfer from Cloverdale, IN playing his first year in D1. His 8.4 assists per game is even more impressive when you consider he has played 27 games while most other schools have played less than 20.
- Ty Gadsen – UNC Wilmington. No.2 in NCAA free throw percentage 95.3.
Gadsen has converted 61 of 64 free throw attempts. Go try that in your driveway never mind on TV in pressure moments. The senior from Charlotte, NC has spent 3 seasons at UNC Wilmington after one year in Juco.
- KC Ndefo – Saint Peter’s. Leads NCAA in blocks with 3.8 per game.
The junior forward from Elmont, NY was the MAAC Defensive Player of the Year last season and he looks to be on pace to repeat in 2020-21. Ndefo has more blocks (72) than potential first round NBA drafts Charles Bassey (WKU), Evan Mobley (USC) and Neemias Queta (Utah State).